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A War Crimes Trial

I never thought I would live in a town where a war crimes trial would be held.

Amadou Sanogo,  formerly of Sikasso, Mali, was one of the main instigators in the the 2012 Coup to oust the President Amadou Toumani Touré. 550 more words


Making a pie in Mali for Christmas

So you’ve come to Mali to teach school. You’re thousands of miles away from home, missing family and in a couple of weeks you’ll be celebrating Christmas. 470 more words


Malick Sidibé at Somerset House: the photographer who captured a youthful, joyous Mali

I first encountered the work of Malick Sidibé after he had he became the first photographer – and the first African artist – to receive the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007. 2,761 more words


Humanitarian Adjustments

I’ve planted my feet back in the African soil.

A mundane post about the struggles of returning to Mali.

I undertook a thirty eight hour marathon from my home to Bamako, Mali, West Africa. 884 more words





If you are in London right now put on your fancy shoes and head to Somerset House for the first solo exhibition of Malick Sidibé (free entrance so no excuses). 494 more words

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Bad-Ass Librarians from Timbuktu: Haidara & Touré

I’m going to be honest: I was initially drawn to this book because of the title. Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu had me at “bad-ass librarians” and from the first page to the last, I was thrust in a world of unearthed manuscripts dating back to the 1500s, Al Qaeda commanders and a certain Abdel Kader Haidara who dedicated his life to preserving the written word. 1,232 more words


More Mali Mali Malick Sidibé

Very Nice BBCFour documentary (2008) about Malinese photographer Malick Sidibé by Cosima Spender.

Malick Sidibé, a big artist with his feet on the ground. He became a popular photographer, but always stayed modest, example: check his studio: 18 more words